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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffBNRToast Date: Jul 30, 2014 3:07pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Isn't it nice to have one's existence recorded for posterity?

As a researcher, historian and data converter I must request that you do not destroy or discard the familiar recordings in your possession. There is too much emphasis on digital storage these days and an unpleasant amount of physical data loss. Sorry IA, but when electricity stops, so do you. But please do convert them to save a copy.
If you store the recordings properly they will remain usable for several more generations. Unless they are a thin lacquer over an aluminum plate, they will survive normal living conditions. And with today’s software any speed or distortion of a digital file can be "cleaned up". I played my own family’s recordings at extremely slow speed and then stepped them up to normal in post.
The films are a more pressing problem as the colors will change in time. These also can be brought back with software after digitizing, but the results are never as good for some areas of the visible spectrum. If nothing else is available, go to a thrift or goodwill store and purchase a film player, then record them with any modern camera. Most digital cameras will do an acceptable job in a low light room. If you want to please a historian, speak about what is on screen while the film is being recorded. Mention the names and places of the scenes and the date. I cannot express the frustration I have felt at finding images of important scenes with out any notes on the documents back.
Magnetic tapes with family recordings should be converted as soon as possible. The equipment to convert these is becoming difficult to obtain and maintain. And some of the oxides used in the tapes degrades. In our Desperate collection hosted here at the Archive is proof of the need for conversion as soon as possible.
So if possible put them in a box and keep them, or the local historical society my be interested in them.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffHappySwordsman Date: Jul 30, 2014 3:53pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Documenting the contents of a photograph

Speaking of which, I still do film photography. I keep the photos in albums, and write down who is in the photo (full name), and usually also where the photo was taken (I sometimes photograph particular things to help me remember where the photos were taken). I also write down the date (I keep notes of when I took each roll of film...). I even write down the name of the camera used to take the photo. If I photograph a room in the house I live in, I mention which room in the photo album.

BTW, I am seriously convinced that most of my favourite YouTube videos will be lost in 50 years....and don't get me started on how many kinescopes held by TV archives are starting to have acetate deterioration (I've seen this in some shows I have acquired as DVD-R copies from private collectors). The oldest kinescopes are at least 66 years old, television is a much older medium than many people think.

This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2014-07-30 22:49:09

This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2014-07-30 22:51:41

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